Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Opening Ceremony, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Helicopter View, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Playground, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Ottoman Military Band, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Audience, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Water Marbling, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Downtown, Houston

Houston Rockets

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Nasa Johnson Space Center, Houston

Houston Texans

Eminonu, Istanbul

Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

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Lucheon Forum with Ronald C. Green

Houston Sister City Association together with the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians welcome the Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green for a luncheon forum entitled "Houston meets Istanbul: Opportunities Ahead".

Time: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Venue: Turquoise Center, Bosphorus Ballroom
9301 West Bellfort Ave.
Houston, TX 77031 

 

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Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture


The European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development. A number of European cities have used the City of Culture year to transform their cultural base and, in doing so, the way in which they are viewed internationally.

The European Capital of Culture program was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived in 1983 by Melina Mercouri, then serving as Greek Minister of Culture. Mercouri believed that at the time, culture was not given the same attention as politics and economics and a project for promoting European cultures within the member states should be pursued.

The European City of Culture program was launched in the summer of 1985 with Athens being the first title-holder. During the German Presidency of 1999, the European City of Culture program was renamed the European Capital of Culture. 

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Houstonians loved the TurkicFest 2009!

“I wouldn’t get to see, watch and taste this much all in one day, even if I visited Turkey. The festival was so educational, entertaining and delicious, for me, my husband, and my kids…” 
An attendee of Turkic Fest 2009 
 
Houston-Istanbul sister city association and Raindrop Turkish House  have organized the annual Turkic Cultures and Children’s Festival on November 7th and 8th at Hermann Square, in front of Houston City Hall, to celebrate the rich heritage of such Turkic sister nations as Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Bosnia and Ahiskan Turks. Cherokee nation has also been part of this fabulous atmosphere. The Turkic Fest invited Greece and Pakistan as guest countries of this year which added lively color to the festival.  
 
Houston-Istanbul sister city association and Raindrop presented an authentic Turkic weekend which pleased the whole family’s eyes, ears and palates.  This year, the festival drew around 25,000 participants of all ages. Among the festival’s distinguished guests were Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston mayoral race contender Gene Locke, Houston’s First Lady Andrea White and Consul General of Turkey, Akil Öktem.   

 
The festival is organized to display all aspects of the Turkic cultures and to revive artistic and cultural traditions, hence contributing to Houston’s celebration of its multicultural heritage. Moreover, the Turkic Fest is another way of celebrating and building upon universal human values shared by the Turkic and American peoples. The festival emphasizes what we have in common by fostering public appreciation and honoring of our differences as well as collaboration on mutually beneficial projects. 

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